Raising Expectations: Talent Development in Belfast

David Ryan, Joanne Wilson
2009 Gifted and Talented International  
Expertise development in sports requires a network of consistent and coherent supports to facilitate the process of turning latent potentials into successful international performance. Apart from supports, it is also important that the talent development environment is well structured to aid a methodical development of the future stars. Certain features of the Nigerian society, economy and culture suggest that athletes may need to swim against an ocean of several challenges if their goals of
more » ... f their goals of becoming champions in their sports are to be realised. However, Nigerian athletes and teams have recorded some notable achievement on the international stage in recent times, hence the need to examine how athletes perceive the nature of talent development in Nigeria in order to understand the challenges as well as success factors. Eight national athletes were interviewed on the topic, a qualitative analysis revealed the dichotomy between preparation and outcomes expectations in Nigerian sports.
doi:10.1080/15332276.2009.11674865 fatcat:2v73casiuzag3f4gacxztnvaum